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Box of silk cocoons from Centennial Exhibition

Object Number: 
INV.10097a-g
Date: 
1875-1876
Medium: 
Paper, organic material
Dimensions: 
overall (in box): 7/8 x 2 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. ( 2.2 x 6.4 x 3.8 cm )
Marks: 
printed: top of box: "JOSEPH NEWUMANN. / SILK WORM . MALE MOTHS FEMALE / SAN FRANCISCO, CAL." handwritten: on bottom of box, on label: "25." printed: on paper insert: ""JOS. NEWMANN, / SAN FRANCISCO, CAL. / AT THE CENTENNIAL INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION
Description: 
Purple cardboard box with removable lid containing four silk worm cocoons and a description of commercial silk culture in America.
Gallery Label: 
These souvenir cocoons were from the American Silk Department segment of the Centennial International Exhibition of Philadelphia. The paper insert describes the commercial production of spun silk.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group